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The Round House (Anglais) Broché – 19 septembre 2013

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The story pulses with urgency as she [Erdrich] probes the moral and legal ramifications of a terrible act of violence. --Publishers Weekly, Starred Review of THE ROUND HOUSE

A beautifully warm and wise novel...intensely involving...Erdrich's profound intimacy with her characters electrifies this stunning and devastating tale of hate crimes and vengeance...Erdrich covers a vast spectrum of history, cruel loss, and bracing realizations. A preeminent tale in an essential American saga. --Donna Seaman, Booklist, Starred Review of THE ROUND HOUSE

Erdrich skillfully makes Joe's coming-of-age both universal and specific...the story is also ripe with detail about reservation life, and with her rich cast of characters, Erdrich provides flavor, humor and depth. Joe's relationship with his father, Bazil, a judge, has echoes of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. --Library Journal, Starred Review of THE ROUND HOUSE --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Belle reliure .

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The National Book Award winner! Now available in paperback from the New York Times bestselling author, THE ROUND HOUSE is Louise Erdrich's most accessible and commercial work of fiction yet.

One Sunday in the summer of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal the details of what happened, either to the police or to her husband Bazil and 13-year old son Joe. In one day, Joe's home life is irrevocably transformed as his mother will not leave her bed and slips further into an abyss of solitude and depression. His father struggles with anger and grief and tries, in vain, to heal his wife. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared.

One evening, his father, the tribal judge, invites Joe into his study to read along with him as he pores over his past legal decisions, searching for any possible clue to the identity and motives of the perpetrator. As unanswered questions pile up, Joe becomes frustrated with the seeming banality of Bazil's judicial cases and sets out with his trusted friends, Cappy, Zack, and Angus, to get some answers of his own. Their quest takes them first to the Round House, a sacred space and place of worship for the Ojibwe. And this is only the beginning.

Written with undeniable urgency, and illuminating the harsh realities of contemporary life in a community where Ojibwe and white live uneasily together, THE ROUND HOUSE is a brilliant and entertaining novel, a masterpiece of literary fiction. Once again, Louise Erdrich embraces tragedy, the comic, a spirit world very much present in the lives of these all-too-human characters, and a tale of injustice that is, unfortunately, an authentic reflection of what happens in our own United States today. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Belle reliure .

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à lire absolument, suspense et beauté d'écriture jusqu'à la dernière page, plongez dans l'univers des communautés des native Americans avec ses délices et ses drames
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A gripping and fascinating story set in a Native American reservation. It also gave an insight into the life and traditions of Native Americans.
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The book that I ordered has arrived in time, in fact early, in perfect condition, I would order from this vendor again.
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Ai découvert ce livre à la tv, ne l'ai pas encore lu mais de ce que j'en ai entendu, cela m'a donné envie de le commander et de le lire .. vous en reparle une fois lu et sûrement apprécié !
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The Round House is a good read. It is hard to say I enjoyed ... 16 novembre 2016
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The Round House is a good read. It is hard to say I enjoyed the book because of the subject matter. But the subject matter needs to be told and talked about. I needed to keep reading this story because the young boy, Joe, age 13, who told the story. The author did a great job of letting us into the feelings of Joe after the tragedy that befalls their family. His close knit extended family, friends and community are vital to his coping with this tragedy. I also have a better picture of what the Native American has had to endure since the white man took over their land and pushed them onto reservations. I would highly recommend reading this book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 "My father read local history, `and the white man appeared and drove them down into the earth' observation of the truth." 9 novembre 2012
Par Mary Whipple - Publié sur
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Author Louise Erdrich, a member of the Chippewa (Ojibwa) nation, here writes one of her most powerful and emotionally involving novels. Though it starts as a crime story on the reservation, it quickly becomes an intense search for justice on all levels. It is also an examination of the lives of her characters, both old and young, as they face the challenges of reservation life. Their lives, as she shows in this novel, are seriously restricted by 1988, when this novel's action takes place, and any Native American who wants to honor the "old ways" on the reservation must now survive on infertile lands which cannot support him. Their culture has been seriously compromised by the arrival of Catholic missionaries who have weaned them away from their myths and traditions. Significantly, legal jurisdiction over crimes involving Native Americans now involves tribal officials, state police, and even the FBI.

In a powerful opening scene, filled with symbols and portents, thirteen-year-old Antone Basil Coutts (Joe), only child and namesake of Judge Coutts and his wife Geraldine, is helping his father to pull tiny seedlings from cracks in the foundation of their house, awaiting Geraldine's return from her office. When she finally arrives at home, she is almost unrecognizable, so badly beaten she can hardly see, reeking of gasoline and so traumatized by rape and other crimes that she has become mute. Young Joe knows that it will be up to him and his father to identify who has done this. They begin to study his father's old cases searching clues.

Joe is still a child, however, and though his empathetic father wants to protect him as much as possible, Joe becomes obsessed with getting his mother "back," determined to find and punish the rapist on his own. These tensions add drama and meaning to the novel, and Joe's contacts with others, both in his family and outside it, expand the scope. The sweat lodge ceremony is described, the extortion of elderly Indians by a white-owned supermarket on Indian land is detailed, the raucous and sexy (and hilarious) talk of elderly family members is recorded, the "flirting" of a stripper living with Joe's uncle is tension-filled and emotional, the appearance of ghosts to Joe, and the efforts of a local priest, a former soldier injured in Lebanon in 1983, are all described to powerful effect, keeping the interest and involvement of the reader at high pitch.

As in her other novels, Erdrich provides a sense of continuity by including characters from other books in this one - including the priestly Nanapush (from Tracks), who was an inspiration to Mooshum, thought now to be one hundred six years old in this novel. Mooshum, whose story is told here, was also a main character in The Plague of Doves, a book which also includes Judge Antone Basil Coutts, father of this novel's main character Joe, and Corwin Peace, father of Joe's friend Zach. By repeating these characters through successive generations, Erdrich provides a genealogy and sense of history which add to the sense of time and place, and highlight the changes, not all of them good, taking place within the community. The novel, one of Erdrich's best, will keep serious readers totally engaged with its sensitive descriptions and insights, even as those interested in just a "good story" will celebrate the action, excitement, and the issues it raises.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Amazing Book 1 janvier 2013
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I started reading The Round House by Louise Erdrich because it topped so many "Best of 2012″ lists. The story is about a young Native American teenager, Joe, who sets out to solve the mystery behind his mother's brutal attack. I was drawn into the book immediately, but at first I wasn't sure that it was going to live up to the hype. The story builds very slowly but then barrels toward the ending at lightning speed. I was so engrossed that I finished the book in the wee hours of the morning and had no idea how long I had been reading.

This book is a work of fiction, so I am not entirely sure how historically accurate it is, but I am willing to bet that it is all true. The author's grandfather was a tribal chairman, both of her parents taught at the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and her late husband was the director of Dartmouth College Native American Studies Program. I was (as I always am upon reading these types of historical recollections) horrified at the treatment of the Native Americans at the hands of the "white" men. The book is punctuated with dreams, stories and other tribal traditions that I found almost more interesting than the story itself. Louise Erdrich did a wonderful job illustrating various traditions and costumes, which no doubt came from direct observation.

I may need to take a day off from reading after finishing this one. It is a story that will stick with you throughout the years and I expect I will be thinking about this one for a long time to come.

(Fun fact: The author owns an independent bookstore, Birchmark Books, in Minneapolis!)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 It's hard to face down evil 9 novembre 2012
Par Jim C. - Publié sur
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Nobody likes losing their innocence after the fact, and this story is all about that. Having just retired as an elementary teacher, and looking forward to seeing things through eyes of former students, I was shocked senseless by the starkness of how things in the story played out for the main characters. Only the love of family and friends provides escape from dire consequences. This book is no walk in the park, and I can't recommend it as YA reading due to its graphic content, but I am glad I read it. It reminds us (that need reminding) that there are a lot of people who are still looking for justice.

Also, I appreciated the lack of quotes. For me, narrative stories read so much better without them, although it takes some practice to get used to it.

Update, Dec. 21: Well, it's really hard for me to think, with the failure of Congress to even allow the Violence Against Women Act to come to a vote, that this book is too violent for youth. With certain congressmen being called the patron saints of rapists because of their opposition to the Native component of the law, I have come 180º around. This issue, so sadly politicized by lawmakers, absolutely needs to be discussed in classrooms, in homes, in churches, in any place where people gather together. I am humbled by the gift of this book to the people.
12 internautes sur 13 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
2.0 étoiles sur 5 an unexpected disappointment 17 juin 2014
Par Roadhouse - Publié sur
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This book is about too many things: rape, reservation life, adolescence, revenge, the church, Native American spirituality, criminal injustice, more revenge, the legal system, murder,dreams and more. Unfortunately most of these subjects are given short and conclusory shrift; there simply isn't time to develop them in 300 pages. Moreover, the themes concerning Native American culture (spirits, dreams, magic) are generally disjointed from the dramatic center of the book to the extent that they become anecdotal digressions. Such digressions might have been fine had their ideas been treated more expansively and patiently, but the book is far too crowded for that. I was eager to read this book. However, it was more than it should have been and less than it could have been. I cannot recommend it.
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